The INSIDER daily Digest -- May 24, 2023

By John Liang / May 24, 2023 at 1:57 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Air Force's use of space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, a Government Accountability Office report on the F-35 Joint Strike fight program and more.

The Air Force's top cyber official spoke this week at a Mitchell Institute Forum:

Lauderback sees Air Force using space-based ISR for tactical missions

The Air Force will be able to use space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets for tactical purposes, Lt. Gen. Leah Lauderback, deputy chief of staff for ISR and cyber effects operations, suggested on May 17.

A new Government Accountability Office report on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program issued today finds the Defense Department "needs better accountability for global spare parts and reporting of losses worth millions":

GAO: F-35 JPO needs more control over spare parts management

The Defense Department doesn't oversee or account for spare parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and doesn't know the total value or quantity of spares held on non-prime contractor facilities, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday.

Document: GAO report on F-35 spare parts

The Navy's top uniformed officer talked about artificial intelligence this week during a panel discussion at the Council on Foreign Relations:

Gilday: AI needs 'more governance' for assuming risks, applying capabilities

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday cautioned Monday that more governance is needed for deploying artificial intelligence to manage risk, guide capabilities and inform decision-making.

Defense contractor Ursa Major says it will build and test a prototype of its new 4,000-pound "Draper" engine for hypersonics and further develop its 200,000-pound thrust "Arroway" engine for space launch:

Ursa Major wins hypersonics engine prototype contract

The Air Force Research Lab has awarded Ursa Major a contract to build a prototype storable engine for hypersonic and space launch missions.

Lockheed Martin is self-funding an effort to adapt the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement for deploying on Navy surface combatants:

Navy ships lack 'capability and capacity' to defeat complex raids; Lockheed offering PAC-3 MSE

Lockheed Martin is offering the most advanced variant of the Patriot interceptor -- the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement -- to bolster ship defense in the wake of a newly revealed lack of "capability and capacity" to defeat complex raids of hypersonic and cruise missiles.